NFL Way Too Early Power Rankings

  1. Philadelphia Eagles – GM Howie Roseman has kept 20 of the 22 starters from last years team and is primed for another deep run. Somehow they’ve managed to get better by adding DT Haloti Ngata, DE Michael Bennett, and WR Mike Wallace to the already stacked roster. So it’s easy putting the defending champions back on top.
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Having the jags over the Pats may seem shocking, but the Jags have lost a lot less than the Pats have in free agency. Still, having their ground and pound run game and that top 5 defense that took them to the AFC Championship. All they need is QB Blake Bortles to be that game-manager he was last season.
  3. New Orleans Saints – The Saints recognize that QB Drew Brees only has 1 or 2 more years and are still adding weapons like TE Ben Watson and WR Cameron Meredith to a deep receiving core. The defense is only going to get better with the 2nd year CB Marcus Lattimore, S Marcus Williams, and veteran DE Cameron Jordan. Saints are back in that elite echelon of the NFL.
  4. New England Patriots – They’ve dropped a couple spots because the loss of players in free agency. Losing guys like CB Malcolm Butler, OT Nate Solder, and WR Danny Amendola hurts the roster. There have been some additions like WR Jordan Matthews and CB Jason McCourty to lessen the blow. The Patriots are still this high only because of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick still being together.
  5. Los Angeles Rams – Rams had a heck of a turn around in 2017. The Falcons ended that by exploiting a weak secondary. Rams have fixed that by adding CB Marcus Peters, CB Aqib Talib, and CB Sam Shields. For extra measure they signed DT Ndamukong Suh pairing him with All-Pro DT Aaron Donald. They even traded for WR Brandin Cooks from the Patriots. The Rams are force to be reckoned with in 2018.
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers – Pittsburgh had one problem the entire 2017 season and that was the Jaguars. That buzzsaw defense and running game punished Pittsburgh both games and eventually ended their season. only reason the 2nd game was closer was RB Le’veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown. They have been quiet in free agency and i expect them to beef up their Defensive line and secondary through the draft.
  7. Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings are still a NFC contender and only have to prove if they signed the right QB. They signed QB Kirk Cousins and the addition looks nice on paper, but the Vikings did sign a QB who has a record of 26-30-1. Cousins has the tools around him in WR Stefon Diggs, WR Adam Thielen, TE Kyle Rudolph, and RB Dalvin Cook, but lets see if he’s able to run the Vikings offense properly.
  8. Atlanta FalconsMatt Ryan and the Falcons are 2 years removed from a Super Bowl appearance. They lost DT Dontari Poe which leaves a decent hole in the middle and lost the speedy WR Taylor Gabriel to free agency. Falcons still have the talent in the offense and defense, they just need 1 or 2 holes filled to compete in the mighty NFC.
  9. Green Bay PackersAaron Rodgers. The man simply elevates the team around him when he’s on the field. The new GM Brian Gutekunst did add TE Jimmy Graham, DE Muhummad Wilkerson, and CB Tramon Williams. They also brought in DC Mike Pettine to replace Capers and are trying to revamp the defense to help Rodgers out in the post season. Pettine has a record of 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 10th, as a prior DC which bodes well for the Packers. Lets see if he can make it work.
  10. Carolina Panthers – They lost WR Kelvin Benjamin mid-season in a trade to the Bills. Lost in the playoffs to their rival Saints. Cam Newton is lacking a serious big threat on the outside and it showed most of the season. With TE Greg Olsen not retiring it still leaves a safety net for Newton in the middle. RB Christian McCaffery showed he can handle anything the Panthers throw at him and is now the feature back.
  11. Kansas City Chiefs – The future looks bright out of Arrowhead Stadium. Starting QB Patrick Mahomes has the table set for him with, TE Travis Kelce, WR Tyreek Hill. and RB Kareem Hunt. Chiefs still having a worthy defense as well are still contenders in the AFC. Andy Reid has his guy starting and the AFC lacks power teams behind Jags, Pats, and Steelers. So watch out for the Chiefs.
  12. San Francisco 49ers – If there is a team riding a high from the end of the season it is the 49ers. Finally, starting after the trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo went on a 6-0 run to end the season. GM John Lynch signed CB Richard Sherman to better the leaky secondary in San Fran in recent years. Look for the 49ers to throw punches with the better teams in 2018.
  13. Tennessee Titans – After 2017, the Titans showed the world it can hang in the playoffs with a comeback win over the Chiefs. Releasing RB Demarco Murray paved the way for RB Derrick Henry to be the feature back. In 2018 watch this Titans team ride a high of confidence after being so young and notching a playoff win already.
  14. Dallas Cowboys – Dallas even after releasing WR Dez Bryant is still a talented football team. A young secondary came on late last season and will be improved in 2018. Cowboys will have RB Ezekiel Elliott for all 16 games and will be able to feature that ground game with controlling the clock. Unfortunately, they are in the middle of the pack of the NFC with how strong it is this year.
  15. Detroit Lions – QB Matthew Stafford finally has a running game in RB LeGarrette Blount. He has a formidable offense around him, but lets see if he can finally get over the hump of winning a division title or a playoff game. HC Matt Patricia is building the defense to his liking and should be a solid unit. This is likely Stafford’s and GM Bob Quinn’s last shot together.
  16. Houston Texans – This group is on the upswing getting QB Deshaun Watson and DE J.J. Watt back from injury. Adding the S Tyrann Mathieu to the secondary boosting this team in contention in the AFC South with the Jaguars. When Watson was healthy we all saw the Denard Hopkins and Watson connection. Houston is a major sleeper.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers – Chargers could have their last chance this season with QB Phillip Rivers. Upper management has finally put an offense around Rivers with RB Melvin Gordon, WR Keenan Allen, TE Hunter Henry, and having a sturdy offensive line to keep Rivers upright. Chargers could make a quiet run in a weak AFC.
  18. Buffalo Bills – Bills have everything in place on the team. Only thing missing is a QB after Buffalo traded QB Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns. They will address this in the draft and rumors already have them trading inside the top 5 for their top choice. Buffalo ended a 17 year drought of finally making the playoffs and almost upset the Jaguars in a close game.
  19. Denver Broncos – GM John Elway believes he has his QB in Case Keenum. The previous backup for the Vikings who he led to the NFC championship game has shown he can handle the load and run a full offensive scheme. The defense is still there and Denver could be that force it once was from 3 to 4 years ago.
  20. Oakland Raiders – New HC Jon Gruden already has made moves of releasing WR Michael Crabtree and adding WR Jordy Nelson. Released longtime K Sebastian Janikowski as well and added other mid level free agents that will add depth to the team, but Gruden basically has been given the access for the entire team. We’ll see if it was a last ditch effort from the Raiders or Gruden’s scheme was right all along.
  21. Seattle Seahawks – GM John Schneider has shown his hand and dumped a lot of the key pieces in the legion of boom. He has released CB Sherman and CB Jeremy Lane, he traded DE Michael Bennett, let DE Sheldon Richardson Walk in free agency. To make matters worse they wont have S Kam Chancellor and OLB Cliff Avril due to serious career ending injuries. Also Seattle lost TE Jimmy Graham and WR Paul Richardson. Don’t expect this organization in the post season any time soon.
  22. Baltimore Ravens – Baltimore has a young tough nosed defense that carried the team in 2018. Everybody saw QB Joe Flacco isn’t the answer for the Ravens. They still don’t have a running game and added just WR Michael Crabtree. Unless they hit the draft with an A++, expect the ravens to be in the bottom half of the league.
  23. New York Giants – Eli Manning tried his best last year with D grade players after every one of his starting WR’s went down, but it definitely couldn’t cut it. I believe with WR’s Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepherd that the offense will be alive and well. They did sign RB Jonathan Stewart to add some relief for balancing the offense and not let the defense pin its ears back on Manning.
  24. Washington Redskins – Redskins have completely re-hauled the QB position. They let Kirk Cousins go and trading for Alex Smith. There’s no drop off in QB play and Smith has weapons in this offense highlighted by WR Jamison Crowder, RB Chris Thompson, and TE’s Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed. Smith has shown he can sling the ball around the field last year and he should thrive in this offensive scheme.
  25. Cleveland Browns – I’ll be the first to say that the Browns are going to win at least 6 to 7 wins next year. New GM John Dorsey is a heck of an addition coming from the Ron Wolf disciple tree in Green Bay. He has traded for QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarvis Landry, CB(now safety) Damarious Randall, and signed RB Carlos Hyde. With a weak AFC look for the Browns to make some noise and climb the NFL ladder.
  26. Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals have reached a plateau for the 4 years before 2017 under HC Marvin Lewis of making playoffs and then immediately losing in the 1st postseason game. Most recent in 2017, they didn’t even make the playoffs and went 7-9. There has been no major additions in free agency or trades and look to remain stagnant in the bottom pool of the NFL.
  27. Chicago Bears – The young QB Mitchell Trubisky has some weapons this year in WR’s Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. Also picked up was TE Trey Burton and will be a nice addition to the double TE set. New HC Matt Nagy could use RB duo Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen to open up the offense and give a lot of one on ones for TE’s and WR’s. Bears quietly had a top 15 defense last year and with a revamped offense could become an up and coming sleeper team.
  28. New York Jets – The J-E-T-S have some hope in their sails and is a team on the rise, but a lot of things still seem to be missing. They did sign hopeful QB Teddy Bridgewater that was projected to go off in Minnesota before he tore his knee to shreds. It looks like they still have a push to find a long term QB in the draft by trading up. Jets had a decent young defense to build on as well in 2017.
  29. Indianapolis Colts – People will yell at me for having Colts this low, but no one will ever know when QB Andrew Luck will return……which may be never! So i’m basing my preview off the Colts with Jacoby Brissett. Thats the difference in 10 spots of ranking and they lost their only weapon in WR Donte Moncrief. Until Luck returns the Colts will be in a dark lonely corner.
  30. Miami Dolphins – No one knows if QB Ryan Tannehill will be ready for 2018 season especially since he pushed the last injury until the point of surgery missing the 2017 season. They signed WR Danny Amendola from rival Patriots and picked up aging RB Frank Gore, but thats all they brought in compared to what they lost. They lost DT Suh, WR Jarvis Landry, and releasing C Mike Pouncey. Miami wont do much with the Bills surpassing them and the Jets catching up with them.
  31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – When you look at the roster on paper, the Bucs looks to be a team possibly ready to be a wild card playoff team. Then, reality happens when QB Jameis Winston keeps taking 2 steps back every time he takes a step foward. The defense is in better shape by placing 16th in the league last year. So there is some bright spots for Tampa Bay.
  32. Arizona Cardinals – Cardinals managed to convince WR Larry Fitzgerald to stay, but that’s all Arizona seemed to do by letting WR Jaron Brown and WR John Brown walk in free agency. They signed QB “Peanut Brittle” Sam Bradford to start and QB Mike Glennon as a backup. Im afraid to say Bradford’s name to loud before another injury adds on to his novel of medical logs. Sorry to see RB David Johnson in this situation. It reminds me of Barry Sanders in the whole 90’s decade with the Lions.
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